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      For Catechists and Teachers
 We Are Jesus’ Followers
Jesus calls people to be part of the new community of his followers. In the Gospels of this unit, many people take him up on the invitation. Peter, Andrew, James, and John leave their boats. Peter’s mother-in-law leaves her sickbed. The healed leper tells the Good News about Jesus to everyone he meets.
The stories and activities in this unit help the children respond to Jesus’ call in their lives. Saint stories about Saints Damien of Molokai and Martin de Porres show them followers in history who took up in their healing ministries where Jesus left o . Spotlights of famous black Catholics—Saint Josephine Bakhita, Saint Benedict the Moor, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, and Saint Charles Lwanga—provide additional role models and give the children a sense of the diversity and universal nature of the Church.
Primary-age children are often preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation for the  rst time and to make their First Communion. Every Good News lesson supports the children’s commitment to the Sunday Eucharist and explores their experiences of parish community, the place they are called to renew their commitment to Jesus.
Primary children need hands-on, concrete, cooperative experiences. They need the variety of working collaboratively with others as a class or in small groups as well as individually on their own. The activities are varied to provide for the many kinds of learners in religious education classes.
Doctrine Background
In the first weeks of Jesus’ ministry, he teaches, heals, and calls disciples, which brings God’s kingdom near for the people of Galilee. His actions also reveal the wholeness for individuals and all of humankind that God desires for us. Jesus invites people to repent and believe the Good News. His words and works reveal he is the Messiah, but they also stir up opposition.
Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are signs that God has visited the people and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins. He has come to heal the whole person (see CCC, 1503).
Overview of Unit 3
The Winter Sundays of Ordinary Time immerse the Church in the beginning of Jesus’public ministry from Mark’s Gospel. Jesus’ baptism (celebrated on Monday, January 8 this year) marks the beginning of his teaching and healing ministry.
Following those four Sundays in Ordinary Time are the first four Sundays of Lent. The Gospels for the first two Lenten Sundays are from Mark’s Gospel. Mark sets Jesus in furious motion in his narrative. Jesus strides the seashore, calls disciples, heals, casts out demons, and preaches. Mark’s stories are short, shifting quickly from one scene to the next. With Jesus’ every step, God’s
 Date/Sunday
Sunday Gospels
Bible
Catholic Social Teaching
        January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:14–20
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen
The land of Galilee
Call to family and community
        January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:21–28
Jesus Teaches with Authority
Jesus as healer; miracles
        February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:29–39
Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees
Finding Gospel passages
Option for poor and vulnerable
        February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 1:40–45 Jesus Heals a Leper
Jesus cares for the sick and outcast
Dignity of the human person
        February 18, 2018 1st Sunday of Lent
Mark 1:12–15 Jesus Is Tempted
God’s covenant with Noah; Mark as Evangelist
        February 25, 2018 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mark 9:2–10 Transfiguration
Trans guration
        March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
John 2:13–25
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The Temple; Ten Commandments
Rights and responsibilities
       March 11, 2018 4th Sunday of Lent
John 3:14–21
Jesus Gives Us Light
Rights and responsibilities
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Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, October 18, 2017
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